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– Senior forward Mike Christensen (Reston, Va.) scored 23 points, including a career-high five 3-pointers, and added seven rebounds to lead the University of New Hampshire men’s basketball team to a 78-70 victory over Central Connecticut State University on Saturday night at Detrick Gymnasium.

Tyrece Gibbs

The win raises the Wildcats’ record to 2-1, while the Blue Devils fall to 0-3.

Junior guard Tyrece Gibbs (Brockton, Mass.), who finished with 13 points five, rebounds and five assists, scored all of his points in the second half and hit a few big shots, including a 3-pointer that iced the game for the ‘Cats.

With UNH leading 73-68, Gibbs drilled a 3-pointer with 1:04 remaining to effectively shut the lights out on CCSU.

Tied at six 5:49 into the game, the Wildcats reeled of a 9-0 run to put distance between themselves and the Blue Devils. The 19 second span that the game was tied marked the only time in the game the Wildcats did not have the lead.

The Blue Devils, led by Tristan Blackwood’s 13 first-half points, stormed back to cut the Wildcat lead to one. The game stayed tight until the ‘Cats scored eight straight points, capped by a Christensen trey with 2:07 left in the half.

UNH, which had three players – including Christensen – who scored 10 points in the opening half, went into the locker room with a 40-33 lead.

Junior guard Eric Gilchrese (Springfield, Ill.) netted 10 of his 12 points in the first half, while freshman guard Alvin Abreu (Lynn, Mass.) had 10 of his in the first. Gilchrese and Abreu also handed out four and three assists, respectively.

The two teams traded shots in the opening five minutes of the second half until Christensen and Gibbs drained back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Wildcats a game-high 13 point advantage.

Freshman forward Dane DiLiegro (Lexington, Mass.) chipped in with eight points and seven rebounds for UNH.

New Hampshire shot 45 percent from the field, including 54 percent from behind the arc (14-26).

Blackwood finished with 19 points to lead the Blue Devils.

The Wildcats return to action Sunday, Nov. 25 when they play host to Quinnipiac University. Game time at Lundholm Gymnasium is 1 p.m.

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